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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is the only industry that the British used Botswana for?
2. What is the result of the casual sexual practices of the men of Botswana?
3. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie state is responsible for the elimination of polygamy in Botswana?
4. Bessie describes Botswana men as what?
5. What does the musician, Makeba, have a passion for?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?
2. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?
3. When Bessie arrived in Botswana in 1964, what were the major differences that she noticed between that country and South Africa?
4. Why does Bessie consider Botswana the "most unique and distinguished country in Africa"?
5. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?
6. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?
7. In "African Religions," what does Bessie state is at the root of religion in Africa?
8. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?
9. In Chapter 2, what does Bessie think that the spirit of the Nigra Goddess has done for the blacks in America?
10. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In "Preface to witchcraft," Bessie states that while living in South Africa she lived with a shattering sense of anxiety. Do you think that some anxiety remained even after her move to Botswana? Do you feel a sense of this in her writings? Is the format of "A Woman Alone" a reflection of an anxious person? Does the constant "skipping around" from one to piece to another, one subject to another, speak of an anxious brain? Do you perceive a lack of finishing one thing before starting another? Or, do you think the format is intentional and simply reflects Bessie's individual style?
Essay Topic 2
Bessie's views of the white man were formed at an early age. List two experiences in Bessie's early life that you think had a profound effect on her opinion of the white man? List the experiences and Bessie's response to them. Later in life, Bessie was able to see some good in the white man and her hatred lessened. Explain the person and the circumstances surrounding this.
Essay Topic 3
After reading "A Woman Alone," what are your views on oppression? How does it begin? What is it based on? Does it spiral out of control or is it a deliberate action? How do events in South Africa since he 1990s seem compared to the hopes of the previously oppressed people?
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